LED idea helps families
The Taumarunui Residents and Ratepayers Association has come up with a cost-effective idea to help people save money on power bills.
The group purchased 200 LED light bulbs to help low income families struggling to make ends meet.
Money from the bulbs will be used to pay it forward to help other families.
Chair Jacques Windell said some of the other cheaper brands had mercury inside of them making it an unsafe option.
‘‘We are trying to get them out of the homes.
‘‘The LED are safe and last for 10 years but the 7.5 watt is equal to a 60 watt incandescent light.
Windell recommends replacing all the light bulbs in the house to gain the most savings but recognises not everyone will be in a financial situation to do so.
People have the option of paying off their LED light bulbs at $5 a week.
Windell said he saves over $20 a month on his power bill since he replaced his light bulbs.
He estimates he could save $1250 over ten years which is the projected life span of a LED bulb.
‘‘It gives people the opportunity to save a bucket load of money in the future and that’s a simple way we can put money into people’s pocket.’’
For more information on how the project works contact Jacques Windell 021 108 1451.
‘‘It gives people the opportunity to save a bucket load of money in the future.’’
The majority of lights in Toherangi Holloway’s home are LED energy savers.